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9:25 PM ET, December 2, 2008

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sos.georgia.gov:
Georgia Election Results Unofficial And Incomplete Results of the Tuesday, December 02, 2008 General Election Runoff  —  The results displayed are UNOFFICIAL AND INCOMPLETE until certified by both county election superintendents and the Secretary of State, a process that will not be completed until the week of December 8.
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Robbie Brown / New York Times:
Short Lines at Polls in Georgia Senate Runoff  —  ATLANTA — Georgia voters encountered short lines but heavy campaigning Tuesday on the morning of the state's runoff election for the Senate between the incumbent Republican, Saxby Chambliss, and Democratic challenger Jim Martin.
Shannon McCaffrey / Associated Press:
Georgia Sen. Chambliss wins re-election in runoff
Discussion: Reuters, The Politico and TigerHawk
Jim Oliphant / The Swamp:
Georgia battle: Palin vs. Ludacris
Discussion: Guardian
Curt Brown / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
171 uncounted ballots turn up in Ramsey County; Franken nets gain  —  The final day of recounting in Ramsey County in the U.S. Senate race kicked up controversy today when 171 uncounted ballots from Maplewood turned up.  The ballots apparently had been uncounted because of a ballot-counting-machine malfunction on Election Day.
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Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Franken camp claims margin at 50; new ballots found
Discussion: Senate Guru
Minnesota Public Radio:
Ramsey County finds 171 uncounted ballots
Discussion: Hot Air
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
New Signs That Recount Momentum May Be Swinging Back To Franken
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Statistical Models Now Show Coleman as Slight Favorite
Discussion: Daily Kos, MyDD and Braublog
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama National Security Picks Get High Marks  —  Sixty-nine percent approve of Obama choosing Hillary Clinton as secretary of state  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans widely approve of Barack Obama's decisions, announced on Monday, to name Hillary Clinton secretary of state and to ask Robert Gates to stay on as secretary of defense.
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The Trail / Washington Post:
Holbrooke Under Consideration for South Asia Diplomatic Role  —  President -elect Barack Obama is seriously considering giving former ambassador Richard Holbrooke a key role in handling diplomacy in south Asia, a move that would put one of America's most prominent international troubleshooters …
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Americans feel good about Obama, Cabinet choices  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama is riding a wave of good feeling toward him and his key Cabinet appointments, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds — positive attitudes that may give him some breathing room for tough decisions ahead.
Discussion: Wonkette and TIME.com
Reliable Source:
Christmas Colors for the White House: Red, White and Impeach  —  ** 3:20 p.m. This story updated here: White House Won't Hang Christmas Impeachment Ornament.  When Deborah Lawrence got the invitation from the White House, the Seattle-based artist decided to make a lefty political statement.
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Reliable Source:
White House Won't Hang Christmas Impeachment Ornament  —  That controversial ornament calling for President Bush's impeachment?  Won't hang in the White House after all.  —  “Oh, dear,” said Seattle-based artist Deborah Lawrence, who created the red and white ornament that salutes Rep. Jim McDermott …
Yeas and Nays:
Reid: We won't smell the tourists anymore  —  The Capitol Visitors Center, which opened this morning, may have tripled its original budget and fallen years behind schedule, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid found a silver lining for members of Congress: tourists won't offend them with their B.O. anymore.
Marc Ambinder:
Jeb Bush Ponders Florida Senate Run  —  Two sources close to Jeb Bush, including one who has spoken to the former Florida governor within the past few hours, say he is seriously considering a run for Senate now that incumbent Republican Mel Martinez has retired.
Discussion: Hot Air and NewsMax.com
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Paterson talks Senate  —  New York Gov. David Paterson joked with Barack Obama about the open Senate seat at the National Governors Association meeting that just ended in Philadelphia, Paterson told Politico.  —  “What he said to me was, 'I'm sure I made your life easier,'” …
Discussion: TIME.com and Taegan Goddard's …
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Gregory to host ‘Meet the Press’  —  NBC News plans to name David Gregory as moderator of “Meet the Press,” infusing one of television's most prized franchises with a sharp edge leavened by a youthful style and versatility, according to network executives.  —  Gregory, 38, celebrated …
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
‘Political Archaeologists’ Find Surprises During the Transition  —  WASHINGTON — For the first time since they threw their old, boxy pagers over the White House fence on Jan. 20, 2001 — the BlackBerry as we know it wasn't on the market yet — the alumni of the Clinton Administration have returned to their old haunts.
John Kerry / The Huffington Post:
Keep the Momentum Going  —  One thing we know about politics, you are either moving forward, or you are falling behind.  The progressive movement had what we want to believe was a seismic win on election day — but it's really only seismic if it continues to reverberate.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
NIXON TAPES: RUTHLESS, CYNICAL, PROFANE  —  From NBC's John Rutherford  —  Richard Nixon's reputation takes a fresh pounding every time the National Archives releases another batch of audio tapes from his presidency, and today's opening of nearly 200 hours of Nixon White House recordings is no exception.
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Murkowski to Palin: Leave my seat alone  —  Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski has some Republican-to-Republican advice for Gov. Sarah Palin: If you want to make a run at the White House, keep your hands off my Senate seat.  —  Murkowski, up for reelection in 2010, is nervously awaiting word …
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
MISTAKES WERE MADE.  —  I've spent part of the day reading about super senior tranches and synthetic bonds and all the rest, and on some level, I think we're making this too complicated.  The other day, Robert Rubin was asked if he's made mistakes.  “I honestly don't know,” he said.
Jane J. Kim / Wall Street Journal:
Delinquent Mortgages Set to Nearly Double in 2009  —  The number of consumers with delinquent mortgages is poised to almost double by the end of next year, hitting its highest level in at least 16 years, according to a leading credit bureau.  —  TransUnion LLC, which analyzed …
Discussion: Wonk Room
Mirror.co.uk:
Mumbai bombers ‘took cocaine and LSD’ before carrying out attacks  —  Terrorist Azam Ameer Qasab lies dazed after his capture (Pic:Getty)  —  The Mumbai terrorists may have pumped themselves full of drugs to keep going during their murderous three-day rampage.
Wall Street Journal:
More Immigration Losers  —  GOP hardliners need to face reality.  —  Virginia Republican Congressman Virgil Goode's narrow loss to Democrat Tom Perriello became official last week, and it caps another bad showing for immigration restrictionists.  For the second straight election …
Discussion: Facing South and The Corner
James P. Pinkerton / FOX Forum:
Bush = Nixon?  Not So Fast, Says FNC's Chris Wallace  —  Last night's special screening of new movie “Frost/Nixon” in Washington, D.C. was an early holiday gift to Beltway liberals, delivering glad tidings of anti-Nixonian feelgood vibes to the permanent Washington establishment …
 
 
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